Your Voice, Your Solution for training mentors
Mentoring new members is an effective way to improve retention. Rptary Images/Alyce Henson
A club in North America created a committee to provide up to three years of mentoring to newer members. The club saw retention improve significantly in the first five years of the program.
Another club holds a “mixer dinner” once a week: One member volunteers to host three other members, selected by lottery, and their significant others for dinner. A third club developed a buddy system, pairing up new members with existing ones.
Representatives of these clubs shared their ideas during a workshop on member recruitment and retention at the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Mentoring new members is an effective way to improve retention, a goal of the RI Strategic Plan. But effective mentoring requires training.
How does your club train members for the role of mentoring new club members?
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